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TOURING SOON - Rumpelstiltskin

Rumpelstiltskin

Once there was a miller who was poor, but who had a beautiful daughter. Now it happened that he had to go and speak to the king, and in order to make himself appear important he said to him, "I have a daughter who can spin straw into gold!"

Touring to schools throughout the 2017 summer term, the award-winning Big Brum Theatre in Education Company presents a fantastic new version of the classic fairy tale. It has been designed for Years 2 - 4, but can be adapted for younger and older children.

Please click here for full details

Posted 09/02/17



TOURING NOW - Macbeth

Macbeth

Big Brum is proud to present an exceptional Theatre in Education production of Macbeth with world class theatre and participatory workshops, for both Primary and Secondary schools.

"Stars hide your fires,
let not light see my black and deep desires"

Give your students the opportunity to experience live Shakespeare within their school, by booking Big Brum to deliver a performance from our tour of an adaptation of Macbeth in the spring term of 2017 . This production is aimed at Primary students in Year 5 and 6, and Secondary students in Year 7 and upwards. Macbeth is especially suitable for students of Drama, English, RE and PSHE.

Please click here for full details

Posted 04/01/17

TOURED AUTUMN 2016 - Over the Top

Over the Top

Summer 1916. 141 days of horror begin as the Battle of the Somme becomes one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. In a crowded hospital near the front line a nurse scrubs the floor in the relentless war against infection and disease, but not all the wounds of war can be treated in this manner.

Over the Top was a new theatre in education programme. Combining theatre performance and participatory drama workshops with your pupils, it explored duty and equality, autonomy and freedom through the experiences of serving men and women. The programme was appropriate for both Primary and Secondary schools and continues 'The End of Reason 1914-18', a five year project that explores aspects of the First World War from outbreak to armistice.

Please click here for full details

Posted 10/07/16



Our City, Our Time

We are delighted to announce that, across April / May this year, Big Brum has a volunteering and training opportunity for up to a dozen volunteers. We won't be able to pay you, but you will get a generous expenses allowance of £10 a day, and the opportunity to be trained by our experienced Actors Teachers and then perform professionally. Even better, you don't have to commit to certain days; you can work with us on the days you are available over the two months.

Sound of interest? Have a look at this document and then get in touch.

Posted 10/03/16



Recruitment - Actor Teacher (All Candidates)

Fixed term contract, up to one year, May 2016 onwards
Salary to be negotiated

Big Brum, an internationally renowned Theatre in Education Company, is seeking to appoint up to three Actor Teachers to join us for up to one year, touring a variety of work to schools, including an adaptation of Macbeth.

To apply, Big Brum requires:

POSITION CLOSED

Posted 10/03/16



Big Brum announces - Rumpelstiltskin - The Straw Baby

Once there was a miller who was poor, but who had a beautiful daughter.
Now it happened that he had to go and speak to the king, and in order to make himself appear important he said to him,
"I have a daughter who can spin straw into gold!"

Big Brum Theatre in Education Company is proud to present a new version of the classic fairytale. It has been designed for Key Stages 1 and 2, from 5 years old upwards. The Theatre in Education programme is designed to use role play and storytelling to develop speaking and listening skills, group discussion and interaction focused on creative problem solving and imaginative thinking.

Please click here for full details

Posted 19/10/15



Barefaced at the mac, Birmingham

Tuesday 17th November, 7.30pm

For young people living on the 'outside' life is dangerous when it's hard to know if people are who they say they are and even harder to know who to trust...

A rare opportunity to see the Big Brum perform to the public. Barefaced is about exploitation and the remarkable courage of young people that society has abandoned.

Tickets available from the mac box office: macbirmingham.co.uk/event/barefaced.

Posted 08/10/15



Recruitment - Actor Teacher (Female)

Fixed term contract, 4 months, 30th November 2015 to 24th March 2016
£17,749.25 pro rata (£5,916.42 for this 4 month contract)

Big Brum, an internationally renowned Theatre in Education Company, is seeking to appoint a female Actor Teacher for our upcoming theatre in education tour of the classic fairy tale; Rumpelstiltskin.

To apply, Big Brum requires:

THIS POSITION IS NOW CLOSED

Posted 29/09/15



New on Flickr - Take a Tour Through Big Brum's History

Thanks to the hard work of volunteers, Big Brum's Flickr stream now has a complete collection of production images going right back to 1993 - an extensive visual history of our progress in the field of theatre in education.

Interested? Please click here to view over twenty years of history....

Posted 08/09/15



Barefaced - Meet the Cast!

Barefaced Cast

As our new production, Barefaced, is almost ready to go on the road, we have some YouTube interviews with some of our cast, our Director, and the Writer; all of whom give their insight on this exciting new play.

View the videos here: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4a4ktaj4COAjxym0McUk5g?feature=watch

Please click here for details of Barefaced

Posted 08/09/15



Big Brum on the crisis in schools touring

Our colleagues at the ITC recently wrote a blog about a crisis in schools touring experienced by many small arts organisations. Big Brum responded, and were very kindly asked to submit a full comment piece.

Read the piece on the ITC's website here: http://www.itc-arts.org/blog/big-brum-responds-to-our-recent-blog-on-the-crisis-in-theatre-in-education

Posted 17/07/15



Chris Cooper on Barefaced

Chris Cooper on Barefaced

Watch a sort video extract as Chris Cooper, writer of Big Brum's new play Barefaced, talks about the production.

View the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsb2KusqH34

Please click here for details of our programme Barefaced

Posted 17/07/15



Big Brum announces - Barefaced

In times of uncertainty, for those living on the 'outside', life can be dangerous when it's hard to know if people are who they say they are and even harder to know who to trust. There's always someone buying or selling something. The City is a jigsaw puzzle but some of the pieces are missing...

Touring this Autumn, Barefaced is about exploitation and the remarkable courage of young people that society has abandoned. The play is part of a two hour Theatre in Education programme that brings world-class theatre into your school, with accompanying workshops facilitated by highly skilled professional actor-teachers. It supports KS4 and KS5 Drama, English, Citizenship, RE and PSHE. Designed to challenge, develop thinking skills, imaginative thinking, and individual and collaborative work, the programme provides expert support which offers your pupils responsibility for their own learning.

Please click here for full details

Posted 29/06/15



Lie of the Land feedback

In May 2015, Big Brum ran a site specific production based on World War One called Lie of the Land. After experiencing the programme, two Year 6 students at Fairway Primary spontaneously responded to their experience by writing a poem. Big Brum often receives very positive feedback regarding the quality and impact of our work; but even by our standards, this feedback is memorable.

Interested? Please click here to read the full poem...

Posted 22/05/15



Sepoy's Salute rehearsals continue.....

'Sepoy's Salute', Big Brum's new production based on World War One, is approaching the end of its rehearsal period. Touring from May to July, this programme continues Big Brum's exploration of World War One, telling the story of a solider from the Indian Corps. First impressions? Here are the words of our recent work experience student Katie Banister:

"My first impressions of Sepoys Salute? It was moving...it was gripping...
The actors were walking through scene 2 where Sepoy is asleep and reacting to the noises in the distance, provoking him to murmur. I like how almost instantly I began to feel disturbed by the noises coming from the forest... You begin to see great potential within the play and the actors from both the rehearsal and discussions. It is no doubt Sepoy is going to be a successful performance!"

To book 'Sepoy's Salute' for your school, please click here for full details.

Posted 28/04/15



Big Brum commemorates 50 years of Theatre in Education with a year of work

Fifty years ago the first theatre in education (TiE) company was established at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry in a ground-breaking partnership between the theatre and the city council.

Despite challenging times for the sector Big Brum remains as committed as ever to our delivery of a wide range of exciting theatre in education work. We have a full schedule of activity planned from now until March 2016, and as ever are committed to touring theatre in education work of the highest quality and most engaging content. As well as our normal schools touring, keep an eye out for extra events under the TIE@50 badge (right).

Please click here for full details of our programme of work from 2015 to 2015, all of which celebrates the 50th anniversary of Theatre in Education.

As a bonus, for those of you interested in the history of Theatre in Education, Arts Professional have recently published an excellent short piece by our friend and colleague Justine Themen at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry:
www.artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/282/article/much-more-drama-appreciation?utm_source=Weekly-Good-Reads&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Much-more-than-drama-appreciation&utm_campaign=26th-March-2015.

We hope to see you soon!

Posted 01/04/15



Recruitment - Actor Teacher (Female) x 2

Fixed term contract, 4 months, 1st August 2015 to 29th November 2015
£17,749.25 pro rata (£5,916.42 for this 4 month contract)

Big Brum, an internationally renowned Theatre in Education Company, is seeking to appoint two female Actor Teachers for our upcoming theatre in education tour of a new play written by Chris Cooper; Bare Faced. You will perform a key role performing in a play and delivering accompanying workshops for 13-18 year olds.

To apply, Big Brum requires:

Click here to download a full application pack (Opens as an MS Word Document).

NOW CLOSED!

Posted 05/03/15



New Writer Commission

Big Brum is seeking to commission a new play. We hope to give an opportunity to a talented writer at the start of their career.

Big Brum is holding an Open Workshop for potential applicants on:
25th March 2015, 11am to 3pm

Interested in this opportunity? Then please click here to download an information sheet detailing the opportunity, and how you can sign up for the Open Workshop.

NOW CLOSED!

Posted 26/02/15



The Giant's Embrace, two March dates available

Big Brum has a couple of dates available for Primary Schools wishing to book 'The Giant's Embrace' this March. www.bigbrum.org.uk/Programmes/giantsembrace.html

There will also be events relating to this well-loved programme for younger children on 4th and 26th of March: please contact us for details. A new primary programme, based on a different fairy tale, will be touring in Spring 2017.

Posted 12/02/15



Big Brum announces Sepoy's Salute

'Sepoy's Salute' is a Theatre in Education programme that will bring world-class theatre into your Primary or Secondary school. Using performance and participatory drama workshops Sepoy's Salute will explore duty, servitude, freedom and responsibility through the eyes of an Indian soldier, a peasant labourer turned member of the Indian Corps that crossed the 'Black Water' into the firing line of industrialised warfare.

A clearing in a wood, France, summer 1915.
Another offensive. Gas, a hail of shells, bullets and confusion.
A meeting of an officer and men: men from different continents, from different worlds.
Amongst the shattered trunks and branches rank is suspended, loyalties questioned and the rules of war change...

Please click here for full details

Posted 06/02/15



Recruitment - Actor Teacher (Male)

This role is for an actor of South Asian background

Fixed term contract, 4 months, 1st April 2015 to 31st July 2015
£17,749.25 pro rata (£5,916.42 for this 4 month contract)

Big Brum, an internationally renowned Theatre in Education Company, is seeking to appoint a male Actor Teacher of South Asian background for our upcoming tour The Sepoy's Salute, a new theatre in education programme based on World War One. You will perform a key role performing in a play and delivering accompanying workshops for 9-13 year olds.

To apply, Big Brum requires:

Click here to download a full application pack (Opens as an MS Word Document).

Closing Date for Applications: 2nd February 2015

NOW CLOSED!

Posted 19/01/15



The Angry Roads at the mac, Birmingham

With guest speakers Shami Chakrabarti and Edward Bond

Tuesday 10th February, 7.30pm

Join us for the first public performance of 'The Angry Roads' by Edward Bond; a challenging and extraordinary play, which considers themes of power, repression and lies, as a teenage boy seeks the truth about a tragic family accident that has left his Father unable to speak or tell the truth about what really happened.

For this performance we are delighted to be joined by our patron Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, and playwright Edward Bond, both of whom will be speaking.

Tickets available from the mac box office: macbirmingham.co.uk/event/the-angry-roads/.

Posted 15/01/15



Big Brum secures Grants for the Arts funding

Big Brum

Big Brum are delighted to announce we have secured Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council England for a project from April 2015 to March 2016, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Theatre in Education. This will consist of three interconnected Theatre in Education programmes:

We are very happy that, despite recent difficulties for the Company, Big Brum will be able to offer schools in Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond a full programme of activity for the financial year 2015 to 2016. The programme will feature lots of exciting new developments, including new ways for our supporters to get involved in our work; we'll keep you up to date on these opportunities as they arise.

For now, we are just very happy that we will continue to be able to work with you delivering high quality theatre in education. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook, Twitter etc as more details about our coming programmes emerge!

Posted 14/11/14



Van Stolen

Big Brum's Van

Sadly, over the weekend of 25th and 26th October, Big Brum had its Mercedes Sprinter van stolen from Park Road in Moseley; we are now appealing for help to track it down.

Thieves escaped with the entire set, costumes and props for the new touring production of Edward Bond's play The Angry Roads. Any sightings of a long wheel base Mercedes Sprinter panel van, silver, with registration number BF09 CYZ (as above photo), should be reported to West Midlands Police on 101.

Many thanks to all our friends and supporters for their kind words and offers of support.

Posted 29/10/14



An Evening To Remember

Home Front Front Line

Big Brum is holding a special event on the evening of Tuesday 11th November 2014, taking place in the splendid setting of Highbury Hall, Birmingham, from 6.30pm to 9.00 pm. Free of charge, come along and watch us perform our piece Home Front - Front Line.
Click here for more details on the evening and how you can reserve your free place at the event.

Posted 23/10/14



Big Brum Flickr Account

Flickr

Big Brum is proud to announce our new Flickr account, showing photos from all our productions over the last 10 years. Take a look into the history of our practice....
www.flickr.com/photos/126702132@N08/sets/

Posted 18/09/14



Messages of Support - Updated 31/07/14

Photo from Home Front - Front Line

As Big Brum moves to our summer break, we are still receiving messages of support from all over the world, including from local MPs Jack Dromey and Richard Burden. (Jack visited Big Brum himself recently: https://twitter.com/JackDromeyMP/status/492607020932296705)

As well as countless sympathetic messages, likes, retweets etc on Big Brum's social media outlets (twitter.com/big_brum and www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Brum-Theatre-in-Education-Company/327795253923734) the Company is still receiving full length letters from artists, educators, and academics. We really appreciate them all - keep sending them in!

For all our supporters, we present a Microsoft Word collection of some of the letters here, updated with many more received up to the end of July.

"This decision threatens England's standing as a leader in youth theatre throughout the world." Alan Dilworth, Director, Canada

"There are no other companies doing what Big Brum does and not just in Birmingham but anywhere in the UK." Janet Davies, Teacher

Posted 31/07/14



Messages of Support - Updated 11/07/14

Big Brum continues to be inundated with messages of support from all over the world, including from local MPs Jack Dromey and Richard Burden.

As well as over 9,000 sympathetic messages, likes, retweets etc Big Brum's social media outlets (twitter.com/big_brum and www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Brum-Theatre-in-Education-Company/327795253923734) the Company has already received numerous full length letters from artists, educators, and academics. We really appreciate them all - keep sending them in!

For all our supporters, we present a Microsoft Word collection of some of the letters here, updated with many more received on the 10th and 11th July.

"This decision threatens England's standing as a leader in youth theatre throughout the world." Alan Dilworth, Director, Canada

"There are no other companies doing what Big Brum does and not just in Birmingham but anywhere in the UK." Janet Davies, Teacher

Posted 11/07/14



Messages of Support - Updated 09/07/14

Since the notification of Big Brum's cut from the Arts Council's National Portfolio, the Company has been inundated with messages of support from all over the world.

As well as over 7,500 sympathetic messages, likes, tweets etc Big Brum's social media outlets (twitter.com/big_brum and www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Brum-Theatre-in-Education-Company/327795253923734) the Company has already received numerous full length letters from artists, educators, and academics. We really appreciate them all - keep sending them in!

For all our supporters, we present a Microsoft Word collection of some of the letters here, updated with many more received on the 7th, 8th and 9th July.

"This decision threatens England's standing as a leader in youth theatre throughout the world." Alan Dilworth, Director, Canada

Posted 09/07/14



Message from Jack Dromey, MP

Big Brum are delighted to have received a very warm message of support from our local MP, Jack Dromey, MP for Erdington and Shadow Minister of State for Policing.

"I would question the reasoning behind balancing arts funding in a manner that has left the city with Europe's youngest population without any Arts Council funded organisations working solely for young people."

You can downland and read the full statement here.

We would like to thank Jack, and everyone else who has been in touch, for the remarkable support we're being given at this time.

Posted 08/07/14



Messages of Support

Ever since Big Brum's cut from the Arts Council's National Portfolio was announced last Tuesday, the Company has been inundated with messages of support from all over the world.

As well as a vast number of sympathetic messages on Big Brum's social media outlets (twitter.com/big_brum and www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Brum-Theatre-in-Education-Company/327795253923734) the Company has already received numerous full length letters from artists, educators, and academics. We really appreciate them all - keep sending them in!

For all our supporters, we present a Microsoft Word collection of some of our favourite letters here. A word of warning - it is a LONG document!

Posted 07/07/14



Note from Edward Bond

Response from playwright Edward Bond:
"I'm writing this on learning that the Arts Council have removed their funding support to Big Brum. Of course this has a particular significance for me. Big Brum is my last contact with English professional theatre, if Big Brum were to close I would truly be in exile. But more important to me is the loss of Big Brum to young people. Seeing a professional performance when I was 13 or 14 changed the direction of my life. It made me understand the processes of my life. I was no longer - as most people now are in our culture - a foreigner to myself. I had seen a play by Shakespeare. I am not comparing my work to his - but I am likening Big Brum's work to the work of his Globe. I met myself and my times at his Globe. I was living in war time and in the post war of ruins and austerity. Shakespeare wrote in a time of equal distress but also of victory - and I lived in such a time. The fit was perfect. The capitalist market in all it does and in all its forms, destroys culture. In time we will see that it is at war with young people. Inevitably youngster shut their eyes in shock - what else can they do? - just as I did at the shock of war - but Big Brum's work lets them open their minds in understanding and gives them the power to make victories. I am not exaggerating - this is the power of drama and it has accompanied human beings throughout their history. These cuts are a wound to all young people - and they are an immeasurable debt that society will have to pay."

Posted 02/07/14



Sky News Segment

Within an hour of hearing the bad news, we received a call from Sky wanting to send a team over to interview us about the cut. You can see us as part of a wider segment on Arts Funding here (this opens as an MP4 video):
video.news.sky.com/video/h264/vod/700/2014/07/010714ARTSFUNDINGCOTTERVT17001404236934667700.mp4

Posted 02/07/14



Response to Arts Council National Portfolio Decisions for 2015 to 2018

Big Brum are sad to announce today that we have been cut from the Arts Council England's National Portfolio, as of April 2015. This is very difficult news for the company, as it means the core of our funding has been withdrawn, and as an organisation we will therefore be facing a major challenge to our operations from 2015 onwards.

We are profoundly disappointed with the decision. We are surprised that, whilst the Arts Council have apparently prioritised young people in this funding round, they have decided to remove support from an organisation that delivers high quality theatre to, in their own words, "diverse audiences primarily in Birmingham's most deprived communities."

We do think that it is a real shame that the Arts Council have withdrawn funding from several smaller organisations working with those most excluded from the arts. We believe that the Arts Sector will be weakened by this round of funding decisions. In our own case, we know thousands of young people each year benefit from our arts activity, a provision which is now under threat.

At this time we are still assessing the full impact of the cut. We will explore all options that remain open to us and will keep everyone informed regarding our response. In the meantime Big Brum sends its thanks to all our friends and colleagues for their continuing support.

With best wishes
Big Brum

Posted 01/07/14



Pelsall Village School and Big Brum TIE

Courtesy of Arts Connect West Midlands, read about how Year 1 and 2 pupils at Pelsall Village School met a Giant.
http://www.artsconnectwm.co.uk/news.php?story=70

Posted 06/06/14



Big Brum's Support to Schools

Big Brum's latest "support to Schools" document has been released, giving full details of the variety of ways in which we can engage with schools, from one off sessions to extended long term partnerships. CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS OF THE TYPE OF WORK WE CAN DO WITH YOUR SCHOOL. (Opens as an Adobe PDF document)

Posted 06/06/14



Big Brum announces The Angry Roads

Big Brum Theatre in Education Company announces the world premiere of a new play by Edward Bond, combining a new Theatre in Education programme with world class theatre and participatory workshops, in production from October 2014 aimed at year 9 upwards.

Evening in the city. In a flat a teenage boy is sorting through play things from his childhood; he is sorting through his past in search of the truth about an accident that destroyed his family. The Father remains silent, is he refusing or unable to speak about it? The son struggles to know the truth and take control of his future.

This production, Bond's 10th new commission for Big Brum, is an extraordinary and compelling drama by one of the world's greatest dramatists. Please click here for full details

Posted 11/04/14



Remember Beth

In accordance with her family's wishes, please take the time to read this website on organ donation set up by the family of one of our participants from Northampton University.

www.rememberbeth.co.uk

Posted 04/04/14



NEW SECTION - Case Studies

Big Brum presents case studies from projects we have been involved in over the years.

Erdington Hall Primary School, 2013 This describes partnership work involving Big Brum working with Year 3 children and staff at a primary school in Erdington, Birmingham in Summer 2013. (Opens in a new Window as a Microsoft Word document)

Abbeywood First School, 2013 - This case study shares some of the extraordinary work carried out by teachers and children across Abbeywood First School, Redditch in response to Big Brum's TIE programme 'The Giant's Embrace'. (Opens in a new Window as a Microsoft Word document)

Posted 04/04/14



Big Brum presents 1914 - Home Front - Front Line

Big Brum Theatre in Education Company is pleased to announce a major new programme of work focused around the centenary of World War One. Using cutting edge participatory theatre and drama, this ambitious five year project will explore aspects of the conflict from the centenary of its outbreak to the armistice.

Part One of the project is called Home Front - Front Line and in 2014 this new Theatre in Education programme will take a touring play into primary schools from June to July followed by an Autumn and Winter tour into secondary schools in September and October.

Please click here for full details

Posted 21/01/14



The Giant's Embrace, now taking bookings

Big Brum is pleased to announce that once again it is taking bookings for it's highly regarded theatre in education programme for Key Stages 1 and 2; The Giant's Embrace. The programme is touring from February to July 2014; please click here for full details.

Posted 21/01/14



Touched at the mac

Big Brum is performing its current play, 'Touched', at The Foyle Theatre at the mac on Thursday 20th February. The play starts at 7.15pm, running for one hour 45 minutes, and followed by a half hour Q&A. Details and tickets are available from:
www.macarts.co.uk/event/touched

Posted 13/01/14



Big Brum's Production Blog for Touched

Big Brum is delighted to present our new production blog for Touched. Written by Big Brum's Education Partnership Worker, Matt Hinks, the blog will be updated every few days with latest infomation about the rehearsal process, photos, comment, insights; a fascinating look into how we work. Click the link below to read on!
bigbrumtie.blogspot.co.uk/

TOUCHED TOURS NOW!



Touched at City of Birmingham Library

There is a FREE performance of 'Touched' at The Studio Theatre at the new City of Birmingham Library on Monday 28th October from 2pm - 4pm as part of a half-term programme for young readers. Details available from:
www.libraryofbirmingham.com/event/Events/youngreaders-teenday-touched

The play runs for approximately 90 minutes with a short question and answer session afterwards. We are especially keen that our friends and colleagues encourage young people to attend, and we do recommend that they contact the Library to pre-book their seats, which can be done online or by phoning the box office on 0121 236 4455 and pressing '1' for tickets. Please do take advantage of this rare opportunity to see Big Brum's latest work in a public setting.

Posted 18/10/13



Learning Through Theatre, 3rd edition, published by Routledge - out now!

Big Brum's Artistic Director Chris Cooper has contributed two chapters to this new publication Learning Through Theatre, 3rd edition. Theatre in Education has consistently been at the cutting edge of the ever-growing field of Applied Theatre; this comprehensively revised new edition makes an international case for why, and how, it will continue to shape ways in which the participatory arts contribute to the learning of young people (and increasingly, adults) in the 21st century. There will be a book launch at the Birmingham REP on Friday November 8th.

More information available from:
www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415530712/

Posted 18/10/13



Talk on Refugees

Speech given by Dan Brown of Big Brum on it's Refugees project for Arts Connect West Midlands, describing the the type of work Big Brum can do with young people outside schools:
www.artsconnectwm.co.uk/videos.php?id=12

Posted 18/10/13



Big Brum's new offer to schools

Big Brum's new offer to schools outlines a menu of support that the Company can deliverto schools using our current primary and secondary touring programmes. We can also offer bespoke work including professional development for teachers, transitions projects, working with special schools and excluded young people, with drama and teaching undergraduates and through projects with nurseries, theatres and libraries.

Click here to download our latest offer document! (Opens as an Adobe PDF document in a new window)

Posted 18/09/13



Comment from Edward Bond on Touched

World renowned playwright Edward Bond had this to say about Big Brum's new play Touched:

"Touched combines the idealism of the young with their urgent desire to make their vision practical.
Indirectly it reminded me of Shakespeare's The Tempest. But in Touched the future lies not with Prospero's resigned resignation but with a girl and her friend.
The girl is like Prospero's daughter but also so unlike her - she has the power of innocence but the insight of experience. You can hope either because you dont understand the problem or because you have courage. The young people in this play understand their problems and have the courage to try to change them. You will never make the 'brave new world' without the brave young people to make it. Touched is for the brave young people. It is a strangely powerful play and Big Brum at its best."

Posted 18/09/13



Big Brum in Dublin

Big Brum's latest performance abroad is taking place at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, on the 18th July. If you are based in Ireland, come along and see us perform. Tickets from:
www.tcd.ie/beckett-theatre/theatre-events/index.php#bigbrum
www.tcd.ie/Education/

Posted 12/07/13



New Programme - Touched

"Don't want to come out? Don't blame yer. Believe me darlin' I've seen everythin there is to see an' it's not all it's cracked up to be...no place for a kid. Makes yer old before yer time. Ouch! Steady on with yer size nines"

A city in the throes of a riot. A child is born into chaos and uncertainty. Who can give her a home? What will become of her? It will be years before the answer will be known; a child touched by madness, touched by greed and cruelty, touched by freedom and hope.

Big Brum is proud to present Touched, the final act of a trilogy of Big Brum plays; Dereliction (2008) and Stitch Up (2010). It continues an exploration of the lives of young people on the margins of a society at war with itself, and their desire to find community.

Click here NOW for more details on Touched

Posted 01/07/13



Actor Teacher (Female)

Big Brum is pleased to advertise a new opportunity for the company for a female Actor Teacher. Closing date for applications is 5th July. Click here for full details of this post.

POSITION NOW CLOSED

Posted 18/06/13



Big Brum in China

Big Brum continues to be committed to supporting theatre-in-education work around the world.

Click below for an interview on Beijing Television about The Box Room, a new play for young people in China aged 3-6, by Big Brum's Artistic Director Chris Cooper. The Box Room was produced by Drama Rainbow, directed by Cao Xi, designed by Ceri Townsend at The National Theatre, Beijing, 10 June 2013. http://video.sina.com.cn/p/news/v/2013-06-13/090762541959.html.

Posted 18/06/13



Offer to Primary Schools

Do you work for a Primary School, and are you interested in having Big Brum visit to work with your young people? If so, Big Brum has identified several models of performance and workshop that we can deliver in your school. We are always happy to have a discussion about how we can make our work most effective for you so drop us a line and get in touch!

Click here to view Big Brum's offer to Primary Schools

Posted 22/05/13



Education Partnership Worker

Big Brum is pleased to advertise its new post, Education Partnership Worker. Closing date for applications is May 16th. Click here for full details of this post..

POSITION NOW CLOSED

Posted 03/05/13



The Question

In June 2012, as part of the Bond@50 celebrations, Big Brum held "The Question", an evening of sharing and celebrating the poetry, short stories and songs of Edward Bond. We had music and readings of Bond's work from Big Brum, Theatre Ark, and many friends and colleages, and it was a great opportunity to come together and share this work. We are pleased to announce that this is now available to watch on our YouTube channel.

Click here to watch these readings of Bond's poetry by Big Brum and friends and colleagues, as well as other videos including rehearsed readings and performances by Big Brum.

Posted 21/03/13



France and Malta

As well as its award winning schools work, Big Brum remains committed to showcasing its work in theatre venues, with considerable demand from abroad. The Company is currently performing in Rouen, France, at the Theatre de Deux Rives: www.theatre2rives.com/saison-2012-13/the-edge.

Furthmore, Artistic Director Chris Cooper has just returned from directing Bond play Olly's Prison in Malta - read about the impact on the island here: http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/theartsdesk-malta-after-censorship.

Posted 21/03/13



The Edge - Teacher Feedback

As The Edge winds to a close, Big Brum has been gathering feedback from teachers who booked what has been a remarkably successful programme. You can see some of the things the teachers said about our work here on our page about The Edge.

Posted 18/02/13



New videos from Bond@50

In 2012 Big Brum led the celebration of the 50th anniversary as a performed playwright of its associate artist Edward Bond; video from its performances, including footage of Bond working with the Company, are available on its YouTube site: www.youtube.com/channel/UC4a4ktaj4COAjxym0McUk5g?feature=watch.

And for the French speaking, an interview about the event is available for viewing on French television: www.lachainenormande.fr/Replay/informations/L-invite-de-la-redac/Dossier_special___Festival_Edward_Bond_a_Coventry-hqJ6F3gaMt.

Posted 21/01/13



Happy New Year from Big Brum

2012 was a fantastic year for Big Brum, with so many events and opportunities to get together with our supporters and colleagues from the UK and around the world.

Your support was vital to the success of the Bond@50 year, and we are looking forward to building on that success in 2013. The Bond@50 year of events can be reviewed at www.bondat50.org.uk.

The Edge is still touring and The Giant's Embrace is coming soon, as seen elsewhere on this site.

Please do stay in touch and watch as our year develops - we hope that 2013 will be another fantastic year for Big Brum and our supporters.

Posted 21/01/13



The Edge Tour Schedule

Interested in viewing our work in schools? Big Brum welcomes visitors to view our work, and observation of the Company within school environments can be arranged through contact with us.

Our Tour Schedule for The Edge is available to download by clicking on this link. (Opens as a Micrsoft Word document in a new Window) If you would like to attend a school to view Big Brum's work, please contact us on dan@bigbrum.plus.com.

Posted 21/12/12



Many thanks from Big Brum

We would like to say thank you to everyone who came along and supported Big Brum and our partnership with Edward Bond at the events at the start of November. We were pleased to welcome so many old and new friends as well as 18 guests from around the world, with many fantastic performances, discussions and talks at Warwick Arts Centre and the mac.

We had a great write-up of the event on theatre blog A Younger Theatre, which can be read here: www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-bond-at-50-the-edge-and-the-broken-bowl.

Photos and videos from these events will be posted up on our website soon so keep your eye open for details!

Posted 21/11/12



Edward Bond - new statements on drama

Two new comment pieces by Edward Bond on his work and the state of modern theatre; 'The Edge: a personal comment' and 'The Third Crisis: the State of Future Drama' are now available on Bond's website: www.edwardbond.org/Comment/comment.html

Posted 17/10/12



Big Brum and Newman University College

Big Brum have been working with Newman University and our colleages in the Community and Applied Drama Laboratory on various projects recently, including a successful and thought-provoking reading of Edward Bond's 'Tuesday'. On Friday 9th November at the mac, you can see Big Brum and CAD/Lab in one day - Newman University will be presenting two devised monologues on mental health; 'I care' and 'Simone', at 3pm, before our performance of 'The Edge' at 7.30pm.

'I care' and 'Simone' are two devised monologues with music about mental health illness. A woman with bi-polar disorder and her carer invite the audience to witness and reflect on their experience. There will be a post-performance discussion with the audience about the role of theatre in psychiatry in helping deepen understanding of mental health issues.

Tickets for 'I care' and 'Simone': www.macarts.co.uk/event/two-monologues-on-mental-health-i-care-and-simone

Tickets for The Edge: www.macarts.co.uk/event/the-edge



Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to the brand new website for Big Brum Theatre in Education company. Our previous website hasn't been doing the Company justice for a while now, so we are very pleased to show our new public face on the internet.

At the moment the site does not contain all the content we would hope to, though there is already a link to numerous new resources and of course our current programme is well covered. However, as time goes by we plan to add more and more content and media to the site and grow it into a really rich source of information for theatre in education practitioners around the world; and of course our very valued supportes in schools.

We do, however, have a number of new ways to keep in touch with us so, do check out our pages on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

2012 is a really exciting year for the Company as we lead the Bond@50 year celebrations, and the Company is running numerous events to this end. If you would like to see just what we are doing, full details are on our website www.bondat50.org.uk.

So keep coming back to Big Brum's new website, as we keep adding content and sharing our work with the world!

Posted 19/09/12



Warwick Arts Centre host the Bond@50 Festival

2nd and 3rd November 2012

2012 is the 50th anniversary as a playwright of the dramatist Edward Bond. Regarded by many as Britain's greatest living playwright, Big Brum Theatre in Education, Warwick Arts Centre and the University of Warwick are proud to present a two day festival of Bond's work.

The programme features performances by Big Brum of two new Edward Bond plays, The Broken Bowl and The Edge, performances of the Edward Bond play Tune by L'Outil Compagnie from France, speeches by Edward Bond and Shami Chakrabhati, Director of Liberty, an open rehearsal with Edward Bond working with actors, and screenings of Blowup and Walkabout.

Tickets are available NOW from: www.warwickartscentre.co.uk

You can purchase tickets for events individually or a Day Pass which gives you access to ALL events taking place over one day: www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/events/theatre/bond-50-day-pass

Part of Big Brum's Bond@50 year: www.bondat50.org.uk

On Friday 2nd November there is also an attached Academic Conference organised by the University of Warwick: www.warwick.ac.uk/bondat50

Posted 19/09/12



"Tuesday" by Edward Bond

5th October

As part of Big Brum's celebration of the Bond@50 year, a rehearsed reading of Edward Bond's 1993 play "Tuesday" will take place on October 5th at Newman College at 6.30pm. Tickets are free and all are welcome.

Book your ticket at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/4387571344

Posted 19/09/12



The Edge at mac

6th to 9th November 2012

The Edge is a compelling, dark comedy which explores what it is to be human in the complex world of today. The Edge is Edward Bond's 8th play written for Big Brum, and runs at the mac (Midlands Arts Centre) for four nights in November.

Click here to visit the event listing at the mac's webite, and book tickets!

Part of Big Brum's Bond@50 year: www.bondat50.org.uk

Posted 19/09/12



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